A Philadelphia police officer says he was refused access to the restroom facilities at the Starbucks at 13th and Chestnut Streets in Center City.
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The officer took to Facebook and has since gone viral; the officer says that a “young blonde liberal” refused to give him the bathroom key code. After being told the bathroom is just for paying customers, he asked again, only to be refused again. He then went on to say that “it’s hip for this generation to berate and totally disrespect cops in front of the public and praise cop killers as the heroes of their time.”
An employee later told a reporter for PhillyMag that's the store policy was only to allow paying customers to use the facilities, and that policy has since been changed. A Starbucks spokesperson says, "Starbucks restrooms are open to the public," but it is unclear if this particular location had a different policy.
As posted to Leighthardt’s Facebook page, the full story reveals the original officer’s growing frustration.
"So I walk into the Starbucks at 12th & Chestnut in full uniform and ask the young blonde liberal behind the counter if I could use their public bathroom for which you need a key code and she states in a loud voice, so all the other customers can hear that the bathroom is for paying customers only. I then ask in a very polite manner if I could please use it. She them states in the same loud manner and a smirk “Are you a paying customer?”. It was at this point that I realized what she was dong. As I walked out with my hand up and while she continued loudly to tell me about the bathroom down the street, I was even more astonished that the many customers and other employees said nothing and seemed indifferent. This is the world cops live in anymore. It’s hip for this generation to berate and totally disrespect cops in front of the public and praise cop killers as the heroes of they’re time. I never post things but I hope my fellow brothers and sisters in blue see this and know that we have each other… and not to patronize Starbucks."
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